Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

Disability Rights Tennessee
2 International Plaza, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37217
Immediate Past Chair
Divorce Incorporated
318 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

DA Creates Unit to Prosecute Human Trafficking

Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk has formed a human trafficking unit inside the DA's Office. Four assistant district attorneys have been assigned to the unit, led by lawyer Tammy Meade, and will ensure full prosecution of human sex trafficking cases in Nashville, a press release from the office read. The move comes as the TBI creates the Middle Tennessee Human Trafficking Task Force, which this week arrested about a dozen people as part of an operation in Nashville, according to Knoxnews.com. The task force, which will include the DA's Office, End Slavery Tennessee and several local law enforcement agencies, is currently working to secure a federal grant to assist in prosecution of offenders and services for victims. Fox 17 has the story. Earlier this week, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill giving TBI jurisdiction over investigations of human trafficking. 

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Judge Wants Stricter Curfew for Minors

Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw says Chattanooga’s current curfew law needs to be strengthened, WRCB TV reports. Philyaw has drafted a new rule that would (1) require anyone under age 18 to be supervised after 11 p.m. during the week and after midnight on weekends, (2) add a new weekday curfew from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. when teens should be in school, and (3) give judges authority to fine parents or mandate community service if rules are broken.

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